Tame Your Muse With Appropriate Music

Taming the SnakeSometimes creative activity of any kind and feel like this picture. You’ve got to coax it from hiding and keep it dancing without totally losing control of it. For these guys it’s easy and it can be for you as well whether it be writing, painting or anything else creative.

A few weeks ago, author Jason Link was featured here on Archer’s Aim in Fantasy Authors Unplugged. It was a good interview in which Jason shared an interesting tidbit that’s stuck with me – what music and composers would best fit what he writes.

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I’ve often used instrumental music while I write and find it helpful. However, Jason’s music choice was rather intriguing. Here’s the excerpt from the interview:

YouTube ScreenshotQ. What song might fit your book well?

A. There’s a playlist on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guXMb7zLblM) that is full of epic instrumental music created by talented (and I believe relatively unknown) composers. If my book were made into a movie, I think many of the composers on this list would score it beautifully.

I went out on YouTube and listened to the music and also found what was on this link and several others rather interesting both musically and visually. I decided to use these while writing to supplement my usual instrumental & classical choices.

The result was rather surprising. I found that these “epic instrumentals” affected my productivity profoundly. It gave me the mental focus for the type of fantasy I write so that I wrote more consistently and churned out a story rather quickly – Trading Knives. Not only that, but I’ve had to edit it very little and gotten some very positive feedback – though it honestly does need some final work before I release it to retailers for free. Everyone’s welcome to take a look.

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music notesSince then, I’ve continued to be rather productive while working on An Arrow Against the Wind as I’ve finished the rough draft and begun my first structural edit that requires a solid amount of writing. It’s been great for my creativity and my productivity (after all, being productive in one way leaves you more positive in other areas too). This music is now my go-to for submerging into my fiction writing. I think it’s quite important for other writer’s who often bolster their muse this way while writing to find music that fits their genre and run – er, write – with it.

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  1. Music can absolutely help the muse! 🙂 When I’m writing or editing I often put on music similar to some of these. Trailer music and movie / video game scores are my favorite.

    Two Steps From Hell makes many background tracks for movie & video game trailers. You will almost certainly recognize some of their tracks. Here are 4 straight hours of goodness from them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmUVXOXiLeM

    An Italian composer named Ludovico Einaudi, who I never heard of until my son brought him to my attention earlier this year, has become my current favorite for listening to while writing. On Spotify you can listen to much of his music for free (you can sign up for a free account if needed). My favorite album from him, Divenire, can be heard here: https://play.spotify.com/album/7giYcFVdtgXd8ohBv6AoFz?play=true

    And I also enjoy Celtic style music. I have several favorites, but if you like the style Anuna in particular deserves a listen. https://www.youtube.com/user/brezairola

    Hope you enjoy some of these, too! 🙂

  2. I do listen to music at times to set the stage so to speak. Generally I’ll listen to Celtic and Native American music with an emphasis on drums and flute. I’m listening to the link music right now and I have to admit, it’s not bad at all. If you sit back and close your eyes you can almost see your characters and what is going on around them. I’ll definitely be using this mix now too. OK, off to check some of the others out now.

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting today, Ed. Check out the links from Steve Coombes comment earlier – he shared some useful music as well!

  3. Really interesting interview. Music definitely feeds my muse, through mood and lyrics. What I listen to depends on the mood of the scene – often rock music but plenty of alternative rock and otherwise. As long as it has evocative lyrics.

  4. Arriving here pretty late to the discussion (I was on vacation when you posted this, and tried to stay away from the computer during that time)–just wanted to say thanks for the mention in this post. And congratulations on your soon-to-be published book. It’s an exciting time!

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